- Editor’s note: The South Sound tribal nations are represented by the Squaxin and Nisqually tribes with 2 canoes each to join an expected 100 canoes arriving in Bellingham on July 24. Read more
- From The Lummi Nation’s “Paddle to Lummi 2019”
Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen
July 24-28, 2019
“On behalf of the Lummi Nation we would like to extend an invitation to “Paddle to Lummi” 2019, Sqweshenet Tse Schelangen “Honoring Our way of Life” July 24-28th. The Lummi people are honored to welcome all our relations traveling the traditional highways of the ancestors to participate in this year’s journey. Together we will celebrate, honor and preserve the unique cultural heritage of the Coast Salish people. We are expecting approximately 10,000 people and over 100 canoes coming to our shores. With their arrival we will share in potlatch traditional song, dance, and testimonies that have provided our people over the generations with hope, healing, and happiness.
“The journey honors the rich traditions of Coast Salish tribes of the Northwest, who travel the waters to meet and gather for trade, ceremony, and celebration. Canoe Journey holds special significance to Coast Salish Tribes as it truly honors and nourishes the unique relationships and connections with the land, water, and one another. The Lummi people are delighted and honored to host this year’s event.